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Humanity picks up deep space mystery signal that could be from aliens

05 August 2018

A quick burst, was now - it was called FRB 180725A especially unique, as was discovered on a fairly low purity of 580 MHz.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME for short) is located in British Columbia, and it spends its time listening intently for signals beaming through the vacuum of space.

The low frequency fast radio burst (FRB) lasted a matter of milliseconds, but researchers claim that the signal is the first radio emission received from across the universe with a frequency below 700 MHz - the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded, according to the MailOnline.

The unusual signal has been classified as a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) - one of the most perplexing phenomena in the universe, of which only two dozen have ever been recorded, notes the Daily Mail.

One FRB in particular, FRB 121102, has been heard multiple times over the course of several years.

Image credit CHIME  FRB Collaboration
Image credit CHIME FRB Collaboration

But FRB 180725A had a few more surprises in store.

FRBs are frequently picked up on radio telescopes though their exact origins aren't fully understood.

This unprecedented discovery was presented yesterday in the journal Astronomer's Telegram by Patrick Boyle of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who elaborated on the characteristics of the other radio signals. It was specifically designed with the low and deep 400 to 800 frequencies in mind. Not much is known about these short, high-energy signals, except that they have been attributed to a number of different potential sources, one more exotic than the other.

FRBs detected by astronomers on Earth come from highly long distances and they're located so far off in space that we're not even able to see what's creating them. Beyond the visible spectrum, space is a colorful mess of radio signals and microwaves fired off by flaring "suns", collapsing stars, crackling magnetic fields, roiling dust clouds and seething black holes. Scientists also believe that whatever produced the signal tends to be an extremely powerful extra-terrestial being.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a long time before we know for sure if these sounds come from black holes colliding, exploding stars or aliens lurking in space.

Humanity picks up deep space mystery signal that could be from aliens